Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP), Memphis Children's Health Law Directive (Memphis CHiLD)

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Job location
22 North Front St., 11th Floor
Memphis,, TN 38103
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
Street address: 
22 North Front St., 11th Floor
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

About Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS): MALS is the primary provider of civil legal representation for low income individuals and families in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties in Tennessee who are facing critical, sometimes life-threatening situations. Legal assistance is provided through advice and counsel, representation in court and administrative proceedings, and community education and outreach to vulnerable residents. Since 1970, MALS has grown to become a multi-faceted community law firm guided by values and principles that embody its commitment to equal access to justice for all.

About the Medical-Legal Partnership and Memphis Children’s Health Law Directive (Memphis CHiLD): The Medical-Legal Partnership leverages legal services inside health organizations to educate health care providers and others about the need for and impact of legal expertise and services in healthcare settings. Memphis CHiLD is a collaborative effort between MALS, the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital focusing on the identification of legal and social issues that impact child and family health and providing direct legal services, education, and systemic advocacy.

This position reports to the Managing Attorney of the Family and Elder Law Unit. It is responsible for providing legal representation for low-income pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and their families related to public benefits, special education, and family stability issues. This is a grant funded position.

The duties of the Staff Attorney, MLP, Memphis CHiLD include:

• Conducts interviews of clients, including home visits, when appropriate; gives legal advice; and performs all other case management duties and responsibilities
• Conducts legal research; prepares and drafts legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs, appeals, case memos, and referral memoranda, as appropriate
• Represents low-income pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and their families in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and other appropriate forums on legal matters related to public benefits, including but not limited to Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Social Security; special education cases; and cases involving poor housing conditions that contribute to poor health and issues that promote family stability, such as custody and conservatorships
• Identifies systemic issues in areas that impact child and family health and strategies to address them, under the guidance and support of the Managing Attorney of Family and Elder Law Unit and/or the Chief Advocacy Officer
• Works with pro bono attorneys and private law firms as needed
• Participates in case acceptance decisions for legal services, in consultation with the Managing Attorney of Family and Elder Law Unit
• Acts in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility
• Maintains strong working knowledge of all policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations governing the office and carries out case handling and case management duties and responsibilities accordingly

• Makes presentations to practice groups, the Shelby County Health Department, and other community partners about Memphis CHiLD
• Conducts training sessions for hospital patients and families, different practice groups, and community organizations
• Actively participates in the MLP University of Memphis Law School clinic and in clinical studies with medical students; participates in rounds with the MLP medical champion and medical residents

• Maintains and promotes a positive relationship with the local bar and judiciary
• Actively participates in bar activities, particularly the Memphis Bar Association and other bar associations in MALS’ service area
• Maintains and promotes a positive working relationship with unit staff and other members of MALS staff
• Maintains a positive working relationship with partners of Memphis CHiLD

Professional Development
• Stays up-to-date on the state of the law and procedures within area(s) of practice
• Actively participates in professional development, including state and national conferences, to increase knowledge about the law and legal issues

• Maintains case files in accordance with case management procedures and protocols, time logs of daily activities, and a tickler system and calendaring of events for all client files
• Closes case files in a timely manner and submits to Managing Attorney of Family and Elder Law Unit for review
• Supervises law clerks, paralegals, and support staff as assigned

• Collaborates with other staff as needed
• Performs other duties as required by the Managing Attorney of Family and Elder Law Unit


MALS is seeking a dynamic individual with a demonstrated commitment and passion for equal justice and legal assistance to low-income populations.

Applicants should have:
• License to practice law in Tennessee, admitted to federal practice, and a member of the Tennessee Bar
• Two to five years litigation experience in healthcare and family law preferred
• Experience in legal services, nonprofit environment, and knowledge of poverty law preferred
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong work ethic, analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to think and plan strategically
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, and high volume environment
• Excellent computer skills
• Cultural competency in working with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds

To apply: 

Please send a letter of interest, your resume, writing samples, and a list of three references to [email protected]; you will be asked to complete an employment application.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018